heart·​sick | \ˈhärt-ˌsik \

Definition of heartsick 

: very despondent : depressed

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heartsickness noun

Examples of heartsick in a Sentence

They were absolutely heartsick over the loss of their home. I was heartsick to learn of their divorce.

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The elder Symansky's new tenant would often stay up listening to the heartsick father talk about his son. Kyle Swenson, chicagotribune.com, "Indiana man missing for decades before being found in Florida thanks to ancestry website now owes abandoned family nearly $2 million," 31 May 2018 Over at Dulles, a heartsick Iranian mother was reunited with her 5-year-old son, who was detained for several hours. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Analysis: Shock. Outrage. Resistance. Repeat. Is this the new normal in Trump’s America?," 30 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of heartsick

circa 1529, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of heartsick was circa 1529

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English Language Learners Definition of heartsick

: very sad or disappointed


heart·​sick | \ˈhärt-ˌsik \

Kids Definition of heartsick

: very sad

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obstinately defiant of authority

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